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Jury convicts Pocahontas man who shot ex-wife with bow, arrow (04/09/09)
A Cape Girardeau County man was convicted Wednesday of domestic assault and first-degree assault for shooting his ex-wife with a bow and arrow last year. The five-man, seven-woman jury deliberated an hour and 55 minutes on the charges against Merriel E. Housman Jr. The decision rested on whether jurors believed he acted in defense of his son when he shot his ex-wife in the back Sept. 1 at their shared Pocahontas residence...
$2.4 million to help those laid off from Noranda, Thorngate, Rapco, others (04/09/09)
Workers who lost their jobs at Noranda Aluminum Inc., Thorngate Ltd. and Rapco/Major Custom Cable Inc. are now eligible for extra help to find training and maintain unemployment benefits, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday. The department released $2.4 million for Missouri to aid 815 workers affected by mass layoffs or plant closings at those three companies and at eight others in Southeast Missouri, the Ozarks and south-central Missouri areas...
Agencies burn 1,300 acres in Trail of Tears State Park (04/09/09)
For decades, forest management policy across the United States dictated that any fire, anywhere in the woodlands, should be snuffed out. Those practices have been abandoned in favor of modern ideas that view fire as a natural, and generally beneficial, part of a forest system. ...
Sikeston police arrest 25 in spring warrant roundup (04/09/09)
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Operation "Rotten Egg," a spring warrant roundup conducted by Sikeston Department of Public Safety with several other agencies, started around 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to the department. In the last few weeks, Sikeston detectives gathered more than 40 Scott County indictments to be served. ...
Illinois man hospitalized after school bus crash (04/09/09)
An Illinois man was hospitalized and 12 students were treated for minor injuries after a Wednesday morning crash involving a school bus. Randall Hunerkock, 40, of Metropolis, Ill., was in serious condition at Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Dale Moreland...
Bill to help AmerenUE build second nuclear power plan hits opposition from Jetton, Crowell (04/09/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Electricity consumers across Missouri are receiving phone calls and fliers suggesting they should be wary of legislation designed to help AmerenUE build a second nuclear power plant. They're coming from former Republican House speaker and Southeast Missouri native Rod Jetton, who left office three months ago and now is a political consultant helping coordinate the opposition to the issue...
Vandals hit slain pastor's church (04/09/09)
MARYVILLE, Ill. -- Police in southwestern Illinois are investigating vandalism at two churches, including one where the pastor was killed mid-sermon last month. Maryville police chief Rich Schardan said someone broke three glass doors and a window at First Baptist Church. That's where the Rev. Fred Winters was gunned down during a Sunday service March 8...
Mo. animal shelter, website in dispute over $1 million makeover (04/09/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Stray Rescue of St. Louis learned last May it had won a $1 million shelter makeover in pursuit of its mission to rescue, rehabilitate and adopt out former street dogs. The group beat out about 1,000 other entries from around the country in a contest that garnered national attention...
St. Louis retaurant Pi to make pizza for Obamas (04/09/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Owners of the St. Louis restaurant Pi are visiting the White House on Friday to prepare a pizza meal for President Obama and his family. Restaurant owner Chris Sommers said Pi's chefs got a chance to make pizza for Obama in October when he was in town for a rally at the Gateway Arch. Reggie Love, now an aide to the president, called Sommers. Obama then took the phone to say the pizza was the best he'd ever eaten...
Mo. plan would stop minimum wage increases for tipped workers (04/09/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Minimum pay for restaurant servers and other Missouri workers who depend on tips would not increase under legislation endorsed by the House. Missouri voters approved a ballot measure in 2006 increasing the state's minimum wage each year for inflation. ...
Mo. outlines plan for $156M from federal stimulus package (04/09/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon's administration is seeking to spend $156 million in federal stimulus dollars in the next few months. Included in the spending package is $62 million for grants or loans to public water and sewer systems and nearly $31 million for job training and employment services for teens and adults. ...
Mo. House OKs concealed guns on college campuses (04/09/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House has voted to lift a ban on carrying concealed weapons at state colleges and universities. On a vote of 106-41 Wednesday, the House approved an amendment rolling back the existing prohibition. ...
Mo. House gives initial approval to banning sex offenders from parks (04/09/09)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The House has given initial approval to banning sex offenders from knowingly loitering within 500 feet of a park or coaching a sports team with members younger than age 17. A first violation could be punished by up to four years in prison and later offenses by up to seven years. ...
D.C. vote puts gay marriage in front of Congress (04/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- The next battleground over gay marriage could be the U.S. Capitol. A preliminary vote by the District of Columbia city council to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere puts the issue on a path to Congress, which has final say over D.C.'s laws. That may force lawmakers to take up the politically dicey debate after years of letting it play out in the states...
Obama looking at cooling air to fight warming (04/09/09)
WASHINGTON -- Tinkering with Earth's climate to chill runaway global warming -- a radical idea once dismissed out of hand -- is being discussed by the White House as a potential emergency option, the president's new science adviser said Wednesday...
Studies show 'good' fat could work with weight loss pill (04/09/09)
Fight fat with fat? The newest obesity theory suggests we may one day be able to do just that. Just like good and bad cholesterol, there apparently are good and bad types of body fat. Scientists until recently believed this good fat, which spurs the body to burn calories to generate body heat, played an important role in keeping infants warm but by adulthood was mostly gone or inactive...
Housing deal, hope for insurers lift stocks (04/09/09)
NEW YORK -- Insurance and technology shares led the market higher in a volatile day Wednesday, breaking a two-day slide. But a dim view of the economy from the Federal Reserve and jitters over looming earnings reports kept buyers in check. The Dow Jones industrials rose 47.55, or 0.6 percent, to 7,837.11...
Report: Spies hacked into U.S. electric grid (04/09/09)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Spies hacked into the U.S. electric grid and left behind mechanisms to disrupt service, according to a newspaper report Wednesday that renewed questions about the security of key pieces of national infrastructure. The report in The Wall Street Journal said the intruders have not yet sought to damage the nation's electric grid, but they could try...
Crew retakes U.S. ship from pirates off coast of Somalia (04/09/09)
NAIROBI, Kenya -- In a high-seas drama, an unarmed American crew wrested control of their U.S.-flagged cargo ship from Somali pirates Wednesday and sent them fleeing to a lifeboat with the captain as hostage. The destroyer USS Bainbridge, one of a half dozen warships that headed for the area, arrived at the scene this morning a few hours before dawn, said Kevin Speers, a spokesman for the company that owns the Maersk Alabama. ...
Jackson nips Bulldogs (04/09/09)
Notre Dame keeper Katherine Blasiney was not too fond of the prospect of taking part in a shootout against Jackson on Wednesday. Blasiney made that perfectly clear right before the start of the first overtime. While the junior keeper was waiting for the action to begin, she looked back at two Notre Dame junior varsity players standing behind the net and told them that the Bulldogs better score because Jackson players know how to shoot penalty kicks well...
Pobst, Roth both toss no-hitters (04/09/09)
Oran senior right-hander Jayden Pobst tossed a five-inning no-hitter Wednesday. Pobst struck out 13 and held Oak Ridge hitless in Oran's 10-0 home victory. He walked two. Dalton Elfrink went 4-for-4, drove in three and scored two for Oran (4-2). Jake Carter scored three runs...
Future OVC foe sweeps Redhawks (04/09/09)
It's doubtful the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville softball team will have any trouble being competitive in the Ohio Valley Conference. Not with the way SIUE has performed during its first Division I season. And certainly not with the way the Cougars beat up on host Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday...
Area digest 4/9/09 (04/09/09)
Parmly, Myers tie in par 3 tourney Terri Parmly and Harriette Myers tied with a 57 net score in the Ladies Golf Association's par 3 tournament at Dalhousie Golf Club. Eileen Owens and Robin Davis tied for third at 61. Closest-to-the-pin winners were Myers (No. 5), Alice Temm (No. 8), Carol Largent (No. 11) and Parmly (No. 13)...
Pirates rough up Wellemeyer (04/09/09)
ST. LOUIS -- Zach Duke looked like a rookie against the St. Louis Cardinals. That was more than fine by him. Still trying to recapture the touch that made him so good in his first season, Duke pitched into the seventh inning Wednesday and led the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Cardinals 7-4...
Criticism mounts over course changes (04/09/09)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The azaleas are brighter than ever. As usual, not a blade of grass is out of place. Anticipation is higher than it has been in years at the Masters, with Tiger Woods a winner again after knee surgery and Padraig Harrington going for a third straight major...
Shaped by the real world, not the virtual (04/09/09)
April 9, 2009 Dear Julie, Sometimes it feels to me as if all of us connected to the Internet are like individual cells in an Earth-sized brain afflicted with ADHD. I'm not alone. In the latest issue of The Sun magazine, a former senior editor of the Harvard Business Review argues that the Internet may be rewiring our brains to function in new ways, not all of them to our advantage. Nicholas Carr says the Internet may be eroding our ability to contemplate...
Five acts unite for all-ages concert at Arena Building (04/09/09)
The Arena Building in Cape Girardeau has long been the site for the SEMO District Fair, gun and knife shows, craft fairs and the occasional concert. But Darren Burgfeld of Tone Def All-Stars said he's bringing something different April 17 with The Show, an all-ages concert featuring five bands in one night...
Showing their art (04/09/09)
In true art fashion, a rebellion of sorts took place at the River Campus this weekend. Southeast Missouri State University students exhibited work in the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in the River Campus Art Gallery in the Seminary Building with all the regality of a sanctioned, juried art show...
Tone Def All-Stars back together for a good time April 17 at Arena Building (04/09/09)
When Tone Def All-Stars perform April 17 at The Show at the Arena Building, they will be playing together for the first time in almost a year. But vocalist Darren Burgfeld said spontaneous performances are something the band has mastered. "With Tone Def, it's kind of a standing agreement that if we ever want to play a show, we can get together and do it," Burgfeld said. "We can do it on a moment's notice if we want."...
good bets 4/9/09 (04/09/09)
Live music Doug Rees & Friends You never know who will show. Where: Stooges, Jackson When: 7 to 10 p.m. today Live acoustic music Matt Murphy brings his guitar and the fun. Where: Slingers When: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. today...
ARTifacts 4/9/09 (04/09/09)
Art competition open to area students The 23rd annual Missouri 8th Congressional District Art Competition has opened registration to area students in grades nine to 12. Judging will be May 1 at the Federal Courthouse in Cape Girardeau. A First Friday reception with the art will be held at the Black Door Gallery. The winning artwork will be sent to Washington, D.C., for display. Teachers should contact Leslie Herbst at 335-0101 for guidelines...
Review: 'Adventureland' delivers more than expected (04/09/09)
"Adventureland" is not nearly as funny as its trailer, and yet, thankfully, it's much better than its trailer. Walking in I was expecting to see another Judd Apatow-style comedy ("Superbad," "Knocked Up," "The 40 Year Old Virgin") and was taken aback at the film's soft touch and strong story. Greg Mottola, who directed "Superbad," this time directed his own screenplay, which has clearly differentiated himself with the Seth Rogen/Apatow group...
Review: 'Sugar' a change-up of film cliches (04/09/09)
LOS ANGELES -- With "Sugar," writing-directing partners Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have pulled off the kind of miraculous trick Darren Aronofsky did last year with "The Wrestler." They've taken an overly familiar, potentially cliched sports story, stripped it down and, in doing so, completely reinvented it. Rather than focusing on an athlete past his prime, Boden and Fleck tell the tale of a baseball player on the rise -- a subgenre with all its own formulas and expectations...
Edward Triplett (04/09/09)
Edward Triplett, 79, of the Missouri Veterans Home died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Southeast Missouri Hospital. He was born Sept. 23, 1929, and raised near Tahlequah, Okla. He is the son of William and Madlene Triplett. He was a tribal member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He and Jacqueline Bruns were married Oct. 21, 1967, in St. Charles, Mo...
Homer Walker (04/09/09)
Homer E. Walker, 88, of Blodgett, Mo., died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his home. He was born Jan. 29, 1921, in Detroit, son of Frank and Willie Davis Walker. He and Margaret Purifoy were married May 12, 1984, in Marble Hill, Mo. She died Nov. 27, 2008...
Donald Lynch (04/09/09)
BERTRAND, Mo. -- Donald Ray Lynch, 68, of Bertrand died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo. He was born Feb. 26, 1941, in East Prairie, Mo., son of Helen Peters Lynch of Bertrand and the late Cecil Lynch...
Don Huey (04/09/09)
Don Huey, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Saint Francis Medical Center. Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Births 4/9/09 (04/09/09)
Meek; Bridges; Head; West
Police report 4/9/09 (04/09/09)
Cape Girardeau: Arrests; Summons; Assault; Thefts; Burglary; Property damage; Jackson: Arrests; Miscellaneous
Fire report 4/9/09 (04/09/09)
Cape Girardeau Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday: Jackson Firefighters responded to the following calls Tuesday: Firefighters responded to the following calls Wednesday:...
Out of the past 4/9/09 (04/09/09)
25 years ago: April 9, 1984 Police say a hunger strike initiated yesterday by 11 federal prisoners in the Cape Girardeau city jail is expected to end with their noon meals today. Cape Girardeau city clerk Verna Landis swears in newly elected city councilmen David Barklage, Curtis S. Smith and Peter Hilty; just before the ceremony, Mayor Howard C. Took presented a plaque to outgoing councilwoman Cecilia M. Sonderman...
Legislature tweaking how gambling money is divvied for schools (04/09/09)
Last year Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a statewide initiative that capped the number of casinos in the state, removed the loss limits on gamblers and designated the anticipated significant increase in revenue for public education. As pointed out before the election, the initiative proposal was poorly crafted. Indeed, without legislative action more than a fifth of Missouri's 524 school districts would see no benefit at all from the plan...
Tobacco bill would save lives (04/09/09)
As a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, I would like to thank U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson for being a co-sponsor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. Tobacco is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in our country, killing 440,000 people a year. ...
Light repairs make church safer (04/09/09)
Members of the Cape Girardeau Universalist Unitarian Church want to thank Dave Hutson with the downtown development group and Cotner Electric for fixing the street lights outside our church on Spanish Street north of Broadway. This makes going to our evening meetings much safer and more pleasant...
Speak Out 4/9/09 (04/09/09)
Housing ordinance; Bully concerns; Figure it out; Dealing with bullying; Political whiplash; Safe Harbor's mission
Prayer 4/9/09 (04/09/09)
For holy mysteries that give us a pledge of eternal life, we give thanks, O God. Amen.
Lone Star Rock Quarry (04/09/09)
I stuck my camera through a chain link fence to get this shot. It is very hard to get a good look at this area while driving by. It is an awesome view!
Kelly Middle School Students Experience Real Life History (04/09/09)
Kelly Middle School students in Benton are experiencing a lesson in history and geography that will unlikely be forgotten anytime soon. After fundraising throughout the majority of the year, 67 participants boarded a chartered bus to Washington D.C. ...
Artisan talent wanted for Memorial weekend wine and art festival. (04/09/09)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information contact: Jason Pinkston Friends of Murphysboro Foundation P.O. Box 795 Murphysboro, IL 62966 (618) 925-0027 jasonpinks10@yahoo.com Friends of Murphysboro Seek Artisan Talent Murphysboro, IL- Although planning is well underway for the second annual Shawnee Hills Wine Trail Arts Festival to be held Memorial weekend May 23 and 24th, organizers are still actively seeking art talent to participate in this years event...
Bufordville Bridge (04/09/09)
It was a beautiful day on April 5th, so I visited the Bufordville covered bridge and took a tour of the mill. It is hard to believe that it was snowing the very next day!
JUST GRANDMA'S LITTLE "EGGSTRA LITTLE BUNNY" (04/09/09)
LAYTON'S FIRST EASTER HIS MOMMY AND DADDY GOT MARRIED THE DAY BEFORE EASTER. APRIL 11, 2009. WE LOVE YOU LOTS BABY LAYTON
Guard-sponsored children's fair helps raise awareness of child abuse (04/09/09)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo -- When Staff Sgt. Steven Bell heard about Biker's Against Child Abuse, he immediately knew that he -- and the Missouri Army National Guard -- had to get involved. "It's an organization that comes to the rescue of children who are truly in need," Bell said. "In the Guard, we support, protect and serve - and what better way to do that? These families need to know that this organization is out there."...
photo of mother Robbin on and off of her nest..... (04/09/09)
Here are two beautiful pictures I took in my back yard, of a mother Robbin's eggs, when she left for a minute, to find some food. and the other picture is the mother Robbin, sitting on her beautiful blue eggs, trying to keep them warm. these were taken in my back yard on April 7, 2009, the day it was cold and snowing. ...
Robbin nest & eggs (04/09/09)
Here is the picture I took in my back yard, on April 7, 2009, the day it was cold and snowing, the mother Robbin was sitting on her beautiful blue eggs, to keep them warm until they hatch. it wasn"t cold enough that day, to keep her away. How beautiful nature is....I am a amateaur photograper, but I thought this picture, and the other one I sent to you, of her nest with just the Robbins eggs in it, turned out so good, that I hope you put them both in the paper....Thank You, and I hope you enjoy these two pictures as much as I do.? Photo"s Taken by: Cindy Letgrate....Cape Girardeau, Mo. ...
SSG David P Little (04/09/09)
SSG David P. Little who is stationed in Bagdad IRAQ was selected for a personal greeting with President Obama.
Fried Catfish & Chicken Breast Tenders Dinner (04/09/09)
Everyone is invited to a fried catfish & chicken breast tenders dinner at New McKendree United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 18. The dinner will be located at New McKendree's Celebration Center at the South Campus across from South Elementary in Jackson. ...
Cape County Park Peacocks (04/09/09)
Close up of peacock at Cape County Park. Wonderful Spring Easter colors.
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